Summer is coming (finally!) and with it the most anticipated celebration of the Canadian Calendar. We are lucky this year it lands on a Monday. Canada Day is coming and like everybody for the week; you will be looking for something to do, to have fun, to meet with family and friends. A one of a kind event that will embody that special day.
Below you will find a short list of what is happening in Toronto for this celebratory weekend. But first a little bit of history (to share knowledge at the family barbecue or on a patio with friends)
Did you know that Canada Day used to be called Dominion Day? (As Canada was a part of the British Commonwealth)
It’s also the anniversary of the Constitution Act (1867) which stated the junction of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province (Ontario and Quebec) in one and a whole country.
The first official celebration was held in 1917 to honor Canada’s 50th birthday. (This years’ is the 146th!) But the holiday was made official in 1982, the same year that the Canada Act was passed and the link with the United Kingdom was broken.
Canada Day also marks a number of breakthroughs and significant events:
- The first national radio connection by the Canadian National Railway in 1927.
- The first cross-country broadcasted in 1958 by the CBC.
- The first color television transmission in Canada in 1966.
- “O Canada” made the official national anthem in 1980.
Nowadays the event is most likely celebrated with parades, fireworks, carnivals, outdoor concerts & activities, and festivals. It’s also a time for Canadian to play sports, spend time at the beach and celebrate around the barbecue. (Source: http://www.canada-day.ca/)
For this long weekend the Harbourfront Centre showcases outdoor activities such as concerts (WestJet Stage, Redpath Stage and Canada Stage), dance events, Canada Day-themed food, fun crafts and games for the whole family to enjoy & the official opening of the new Canada Square
Not to forget FIREWORKS!! The celebration fireworks will be set June 30th around 10:30pm.
Tips: Best view of the fireworks would be the Harbourfront boardwalk, The island or even on the lake.
For more information about the celebration and the activities visit harbourfrontcentre.com
2. Digital Dreams Music Festival, June 29th & 30th
Electronic Nation Canada presents Digital Dreams Music Festival 2013 in association with Live Nation, Uniq Lifestyle, Capture, Destiny and Balance
To get tickets and information visit: http://digitaldreamsfest.ca/Enjoy a 2 day concert, 90 DJs on 4 stages on Toronto’s East Island (909 Lakeshore Blvd West). An amazing line-up from Bob Sinclar to Luciano.
3. Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square, produced by The City of Toronto. (Presented by Timothy’s) July 1st.
Enjoy a long weekend of celebration with live music, dance performances, children’s crafts and fireworks.
|5:00 – 8:00 pm||Pop up music performances and kids crafts – The Garden Court|
|5:00, 6:00 & 7:00 pm||Under the Big Top by Zero Gravity Circus – The Garden Court|
|5:30 & 6:30 pm||Lisa Odjig – Hoop Dancer – Main Stage Dance|
|6:00 & 7:00 pm||Northbuck Krumping – Main Stage Dance|
|8:00 pm||She King – Main Stage Concert|
|9:15 pm||Derek Miller Band – Main Stage Concert|
|10:15 pm||FIREWORKS FINALE|
Mel Lastman Square is located at 5100 Yonge St.
For more information: http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/canada/2013/index.htm
4. Amesbury Park Canada Day celebration, July 1st.
Come down and participate at the 30th Annual Amesbury Park Canada Day Celebration.
This event promises to be filled with a mix of multicultural entertainment, kid’s activities, vendor stations & more
|10:00 – 5:00||Tea room|
|11:00AM – 12:00PM||Celebrity Pancake Brunch|
|11:00AM – 7:00PM||Children’s Activities (Games & Rides)|
|12:00PM||Amesbury Sports Club All-Star Softball Tourney|
|1:00PM||Opening Ceremonies at Main Stage|
|2:00PM – 5:00PM||Live Entertainment:|
|2:00PM||* Young Singer Extraordinary NATALIE CASTRO DIAZ
* Dance Demo by TORONTO NORTH SOCIAL DANCE STUDIO
* Bodybuilding Demo by Mr. Natural Universe WINSTON JOHNSON
* Boxing Demo by World Champion NATALIE “SUGAR” BROWN
|5:00 PM||* RACHEL JEANS (Open Mic Canada Regional Winner)|
|6:00 PM||* FEATURE BAND (from Open Mic Canada Winner)|
|* FEATURE SINGER (from Open Mic Canada Winner)|
|7:00PM||PM DJ LUIGI AND FRIENDS|
|8:00 PM||PM VITTORIA and THE EXCALIBUR BAND|
|9:45 PM||FIREWORKS DISPLAY|
The Amesbury Park is located at 1507 Laurence Ave West
More information visit: http://www.amesburycanadaday.ca/
5. Canada Day at Queen’s Park, July 1st by The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Rendez-vous at the lawns of the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park for a celebration day featuring entertainment & activities. Including music, dance and children’s shows, and a taste of Ontario’s locally grown foods. Come down to celebrate from 12 noon to 5pm.
The event will provide fun for the whole family from the Main stage to the ground and not to forget the dance stage and kid’s activities.
For more details on the schedule and the overall celebration go to http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/citizenship/honours/canadaday.shtml
6. Open Roof festival 2013, June 20th to August 22th
Open Roof Festival is a not for profit, outdoor music and film festival, highlighting independent filmmakers and artists from Canada and around the world. It offers live music followed by a film screening at sundown every Thursday on from 7:30 pm. $15 (opening night $25).
Location: Moonview Lot next to Corus Quay, 175 Queens Quay E (in case of rain the screening will be moved to Studio1), openrooffestival.com.
Canada Day Week end: Thursday June, 27th
– Movie: The secret Disco Revolution by Jamie Kastnerhttp://openrooffestival.com/the-secret-disco-revolution/
– Music: Michael Rault http://openrooffestival.com/michael-rault/
– Food: MANGO PINTON + ANIMAL LIBERATION http://openrooffestival.com/2013-festival/the-food/
For more information visit: http://openrooffestival.com/2013-festival/
7. Pride Week – Superqueer!, June 21st – 30th
It is also Canada’s premiere arts and cultural festival. For 10 days the world largest street festival will include lots of activities such as Pride Parade, Dyke March, Trans Pride, Family Pride, Clean, Sober & Proud Place and more.
Pride Toronto celebrates the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA communities.
For more information and schedule visit: http://www.pridetoronto.com/
Check out these public and modern spaces for Events: Oxford Properties has venues to rent across Canada.
Oxford Properties is a real estate management company who offers the opportunity to lease a diverse number of venues. Thanks to their network of buildings, they provide a unique platform for product launches, product displays, film locations, corporate and private event space, and media domination.
Oxford’s portfolio of properties represents more than 50 million square feet of office, retail, hotel, industrial, land and multi-residential assets in key markets across Canada. Some of its most recognized assets include Royal Bank Plaza, The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, The Richmond Adelaide Centre, Centennial Place and Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Therefore, there are plenty of opportunities to host a great event at some clean shiny spaces.
On June 6, Oxford Properties hosted a Hot Spot cocktail event at the Richmond Adelaide Centre. It was an opportunity for the most affluent and professional consumers to explore a collection of venues for experiential marketing, and events.
Not only will it provide you high value for your company, but also you will attract a lot of people. This is where your message and event will stand out, engage consumers and create a lasting impression.
On Thursday June 6th, the CityEvents team attended the, “Give Me Liberty After Work Party”. The event was located on Fraser Avenue on the west side of Lamport Stadium. Although the weather was uncooperative a good turnout of residents, business owners and Liberty Village lovers braved the wet weather. These brave souls enjoyed the many tents that contained food, drink and local businesses from the Liberty area. A DJ helped keep the mood light as partygoers enjoyed networking as they bounced from tent to tent. These tents included Good Life, AutoShare, Zipcar, Aroma, Yogurty’s, Maizal, Vogue Supperclub and 25 Liberty to name a few. Besides the weather the event was enjoyable and a great way to experience some of Liberty Villages many offerings.
For more information on upcoming Liberty Social events visit:
Liberty Village BIA website http://www.lvbia.com
OR go on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LibertySocials
Storys is this beautiful 3 storey building in the entertainment district. (11 Duncas Street)
The 170 year old building is a stylishly mix of the original heritage and trendy design which
result in a sumptuous and eclectic display of what modern Toronto is all about. Some of the features include panelled walls with historic artwork, high gloss finished doors, marble, and more…
Mostly known for its history of the “whistling oyster” and “filet of sole” restaurants but it is also now a 14,000 sq ft venue of event
space on several floors that can change in the sandstone of you every event needs. The 2nd and 3rd floor are private event spaces, each one has the capacity of 150 seated dinners, 225 stand up reception & 200 theatre style and its own restrooms and coatcheck.
The venue can host all different types of event such as corporate and social event, media previews and product launches but also weddings and bar mitzvahs.
Food at Storys is a tasty mix of cuisiniers’ precision & restaurateurs’ expertise. The aim being to let you go with a lifetime lasting memory of your Storys experience.
For more information:
Twitter : @STORYSBuilding
On May 29th, Decorium celebrated the opening of their second store in Summerhill. The store boasts an amazing and remarkable showroom. Decorium, a long-standing, successful Toronto furniture business offered a wide variety of food andample networking opportunities, which made this event a huge success. From delicacies provided by the Chef Warren, incredible cupcakes from Bite Me and sweets from Crazy Corn Caramel corn, Decorium had something for everybody’s tastes.
We definitively have to congratulate them on the really well executed event. While the CityEvents team was helping for the registration, we received very great feedback and a lot of compliments.
Known for stylish home furnishings, the Decorium showroom encompasses nearly 9,500 square feet over two levels. The expansive new location is showcasing many of North America’s most sought after furniture collections.
The Decorium Showroom exhibits selections of furniture in every style, from contemporary to transitional to traditional; there is something to satisfy every customer need. Decorium has an exclusive collection of recliners, sofas, bedroom sets, dining room sets and accessories as well as the exclusive city retailer for the HGTV furniture lines. The well-trained staff and design consultants offer in-store design assistance to help customers overcome even the trickiest decorating challenges.
Decorium is a family owned and operated home furnishings company, founded in 1986 by the Forberg family. The family prides themselves on providing a large variety of furniture selections and solutions to the urban-dwelling shopper. At Decorium consumers who love design and modernity are provided with a great selection of quality items at affordable prices and can also now shop 24/7 on their new website.